UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune speaks with Rebecca Polihronis, an acquaintance of Sosa, who claims that that “he is going through a rejuvenation process for his skin.”

Sammy Sosa’s skin appears to have lightened considerably. Photographs taken at an event in Las Vegas reveal a surprisingly light pigmentation on the former slugger. While no cause has been established at this time, the web site Midwest Sports Fans speculates that steroid use could be responsible:

There appears to be at least some evidence suggesting that steroid use could be one of the lifestyle choices that increases a person’s likelihood of becoming symptomatic with vitiligo.

It was reported in June that Sosa, who captured the nation’s attention as a prolific home run hitter in the 1990s and earlier this decade, tested positive for steroids in 2003.

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